Spring 2018

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Postdoctoral opportunity with DFO on Sablefish MSE and population ecology across the NE Pacific

Using Management Strategy Evaluation to understand the consequences of mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and the scale of assessment and management across the northeast Pacific.

Natural Resources Canada Postdoctoral Research Program

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a research project on the population ecology and management of Sablefish. The Principal Investigators on the project are Drs. Brendan Connors (DFO Institute of Ocean Sciences), and Sean Cox (Simon Fraser University); key collaborators include Drs. Melissa Haltuch (NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center), and Dana Hanselman (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), as well as Carrie Holt and Sean Anderson (DFO Pacific Biological Station).

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Sablefish are a long-lived and commercially-valuable deep-water species that range from Southern California to the Bering Sea. Sablefish are assessed and managed at regional scales (i.e., Alaska, British Columbia and the US West Coast) but are a highly mobile straddling stock with little genetic evidence of population structure across these management regions. The conservation and fishery consequences of this mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and the scale of assessment and management are unknown. The objective of this project is to work collaboratively with an international team of Sablefish scientists to conduct a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) that is based on Sablefish population dynamics and stock structure across their range. We will use the MSE to understand the potential consequences of the mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and management by simulation testing current, and potential future, management procedures (data collection scheme, stock assessment method, harvest policy rules) to quantify their performance against a range of conservation and fishery objectives. The outcomes of the proposed work will provide scientific advice to help advance international fisheries governance by improving our understanding of Sablefish population dynamics and their management implications over the full range of their distribution.

While the focus of the position is on the above research, the position will afford ample opportunity for motivated individuals to lead and/or contribute to other research on groundfish population ecology and management.

ESSENTIAL ASSET QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must have completed a PhD in fisheries science or a related discipline within the past three years, and have demonstrated expertise in spatial population ecology and advanced statistical and simulation modelling. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and have a proven track record of publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals. The position is available for candidates of all nationalities but those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must satisfy Canadian immigration requirements.

LOCATION OF TENURE FLEXIBLE: Pacific Biological Station (PBS), Nanaimo, BC; Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS), Sidney, BC; or School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. The west coast of Canada, is well known for its rainforests, beaches, and mountains. It is a destination for kayaking, hiking, surfing, skiing, diving, biking and camping.

POSITION DETAILS AND HOW TO APPLY

This fellowship is available to start September 1, 2018 and will be completed by January 1, 2021 with a salary of $65,000 CAD per annum plus travel support. The Canadian Government Postdoctoral Research Program is administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRC). More details about the program can be found at: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/17880.

CONTACT

Interested applicants should email: 1) CV; and 2) cover letter outlining the experience and skills they bring to the project to: Brendan Connors, Brendan.Connors

Short-listed applicants will be invited to develop a full application through the NRC system. CVs will be accepted until the position is filled.

POSEIDON team hiring two new post-docs

The POSEIDON project is hiring for two (2) new postdoctoral researchers. They will support model development to explore management of Eastern Pacific tropical tunas, along with an on-going management strategy evaluation for the Indonesian deepwater snapper fishery.

  • The first postdoc will be based at the University of Oxford, and requires deep expertise in agent-based model building and application, wider software development skills and a strong quantitative background. S/he will be tasked with coding and model development as we apply the model to the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) tropical tuna fishery.
  • The second postdoc will be based at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in La Jolla, California and will be charged with 1) understanding and accessing relevant datasets from IATTC; 2) scoping model application and designing use cases that are supportive of IATTC policy evaluation processes; and 3) conducting statistical analyses of data to support model development. This position requires a strong background in quantitative fisheries science, though other strong quantitative backgrounds may be considered.

Both will work closely with the multidisciplinary POSEIDON team from the University of Oxford, Ocean Conservancy, George Mason University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Arizona State University and our partners from the IATTC, The Nature Conservancy, Indonesia, and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. This project provides researchers the opportunity to experience first-hand how to bring research into practical application, connect with top researchers, policy experts, practitioners and business leaders, and contribute to meaningful and timely solutions for the world’s oceans and fisheries. (more on the POSEIDON model below).

Brief descriptions of each position are below – for more information or to apply, please follow the application link.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Agent-Based Model Development (University of Oxford, based in Oxford, England, 24 mos)

Supervisor: Dr. Richard Bailey

This postdoc will focus on building build an agent-based model (ABM) to represent the extraction of fish by fishing vessels in the eastern pacific tropical tuna fishery and the associated effects on ocean ecological systems. The position requires deep expertise in agent-based model building and application, wider software development skills and a strong quantitative background – a doctorate in a quantitative subject (e.g., mathematics, physics, engineering, quantitative ecology) is a requirement; a track record of multi-disciplinary research and experience in complementary disciplines (e.g., economics, marine biology, natural resource management) is strongly preferred.

To apply: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=10&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_process_type=&p_applicant_no=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y&p_recruitment_id=134714

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Eastern Pacific Tropical Tuna Management (Arizona State University, based in La Jolla, CA, 18 mos with possibility of extension)

Supervisor: Dr. Steven Saul

This postdoc will serve as a key member of the team to develop the POSEIDON application for EPO tropical tuna management. S/he will be based at the IATTC’s headquarters in La Jolla, California, and will be charged with 1) understanding and accessing relevant datasets from IATTC; 2) scoping model application and designing use cases that are supportive of IATTC policy evaluation processes; and 3) conducting statistical analyses of data to support model development. This researcher will work closely with the modeling team based at the University of Oxford and Ocean Conservancy to drive model design, calibration and validation of the tool and its outputs, as well as evaluation of model results. At the IATTC headquarters, this researcher will act as the liaison between the POSEIDON team and IATTC staff so that the best knowledge of the data and the fishery is well-captured in the model. The position requires a strong background in quantitative fisheries science; candidates with other strong quantitative backgrounds (e.g., a doctorate in a quantitative subject, e.g., computer science, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, quantitative ecology) may be considered. This position also requires the ability to handle large datasets, knowledge of statistics and simulation modeling, and programming skills in R (or equivalent languages). Experience with agent-based model building and application, wider software development skills, and natural resource management are strongly preferred.

To apply: https://cisa.asu.edu/sites/default/files/iattc_post-doc_av_12400.pdf

POSEIDON is a coupled human-ecological model that combines an agent-based, adaptive fishing fleet model with existing fishery models or simple biological data, to simulate vessel behavior and fishery outcomes based on policies, market influences, and environmental factors. POSEIDON provides a powerful platform for policy evaluation and decision support, with a strong focus on the spatial and human dimensions of fisheries management. POSEIDON was originally developed by a multidisciplinary team from the University of Oxford, Ocean Conservancy, George Mason University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Arizona State University, as part of an effort to advance innovation in fisheries management. The model has been calibrated and validated to the U.S. West Coast groundfish fishery, where it has been able to reproduce observed fishing patterns. It is now being adapted to explore MSC certification for Indonesia’s deep slope snapper fishery (in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Indonesia), as well as for EPO tropical tuna management.

https://www.cohesys-lab.net/projects

https://oceanconservancy.org/sustainable-fisheries/poseidon/